Global Learning for Mind and Heart is an Erasmus+ project within the program Cooperaton for innovation and the exchanges of good practicies. Coordinator: Gimnazjum nr 1 Im. Bohaterów Monte Cassino w Zlociencu (Poland), Evangelisches Gymnasium Lippstadt, (Germany), Instituto de Instruzione Superiore “G.A. Pischeda, (Italy),Izmir Anadulu Lisesi, (Turkey), Jaunpils vidusskola, (Latvia) and Gymnasieskolan Vipan, Lund Vipeholmsvägen 224 68 Lund (Sweden). The main objective of the project is to change the view of participants towards the socio-economic problems of contemporary Europe i.e. migration, unemployment and lack of tolerance.
The website is built by Martin Martinez y Riqué to collect and publish all our work in the project. Teachers, school leaders and students from all our schools contribute with material and use the page in daily teaching.
The website is aimed to all teachers, students and parents in our schools. The website is linked via our schools websites and Facebook.
We want to communicate with the world the way we work in terms of teaching methods and themes that we have chosen. We also want to increase our skills to communicate in text and image, and enhance our understanding and use of English.
The largest part of the Swedish students involved in the project and participating in the website, comes from the the largest part of the Swedish students involved in the project, participating in the website, comes from the Business and Administration program. Among Exam Objectives of Business and Administration Program states that:
“It (the program) should develop students’ skills in using IT in a situational manner. The program will also give students opportunities for extending advanced studies in English.”
We are aware of the importance to keep the copyright norms. We own the copyright to all the materials that we present in the home, because it is our own images and text. In the few cases we use other material is such that we have permission for such Television programs in which we participate, newspaper articles where we interviewed. When any single image is used from www.creativecommons.org we write this in the text.
We believe that our website is relevant and useful to others. We have learned a lot during our work and the site has helped us to keep together our project in a way that otherwise would have been difficult, with so many countries, schools and people involved.
Our students are delighted to see how their works are used in teaching and learning and motivates them for their further studies. It’s a great way to make school work more interesting.
The project – Global Learning for Mind and Heart 2016-2019
The schools will select the subjects (art, figure, migration, entrepreneurship, dance, fashion) from which the students will then carry out particular tasks. On the basis of each subject they will examine opportunities of developing their own educational path, which will help in making their choice of profession, they will know that they must be equipped with a right profession, knowledge of foreign languages and tolerance. The main objectives of the project are:
1) To acquire knowledge and skills within the field of self development, educational path and selection of future profession
2) Increase the motivation to learn English and other languages – even those less well known,
3) Developing key skills such as mathematics and computer science
4) Support for students with fewer opportunities.
The participating schools (Gymnasium) come from Poland, Latvia, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Participants are between 14 and16 years of age. Students will collaborate on subjects, share knowledge, familiarize with new technologies and then distribute the results of their work.
60 students will be able to present the outcomes of their work in partnering schools. Their work will benefit every school and its surroundings. Each school has proposed theme activities and is responsible for the implementation of its parts for all partners. An additional challenge in the process
of acquiring and sharing knowledge is the use of new technologies such as internet platforms, FB and other social media, mobile phones, podcasts, etc.
As a result of the current world transformations, globalization, social changes – such as increasing unemployment and migrations, students face a more diverse society. Schools must take a proactive approach to acknowledging diversity and teach students to function in a multicultural, multiethnic environment. Students who will participate in the project with such a diverse population can develop an understanding of the perspectives of students from different upbringings.
Students will interview participants, gather information, work on the collected data, prepare presentations and present them to the forum. Teachers will benefit from the project through the exchange of experiences ad trainings in the hosting schools. The parents as well as the “employment institutions” will be involved in the project. The results of the project will be photographs, multimedia presentations, videos, website, youth multilanguage dictionary, project datebook. The project will have a motivational effect on other schools in the region, demonstrating its educational values and will also encourage future strategic partnerships
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Through participation in the project, have 80 students and 10 teachers from Vipan increased their abilities to work as a team, deepened their skills in English and increased their knowledge of the themes covered in the project: entrepreneurship, migrations, dance, tourism and art.
The entire team has improved their skills and abilities to use computer technology, by searching for information on the internet and creating films, PowerPoints and documents, for sharing between schools. They have also improved their ability to fill out forms, preparing documents for presentations and used of ICT tools.
Through the participation in the project, the students have increased the chances of finding a job in the future due to their practical knowledge.
They have also improved their skills on using maps, guides, timetables, as well as the financial management and effective use of leisure time.